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A Good Place To Live VOLUME LXXI POLITICAL ACTIVITY BOOMING TO DRAFT TOWN CANDIDATES Democratic and Republican Cau cuses Next Monday Night at High School. Filing Deadline Next Wednesday Because of Wartime Legis lation. The customary between-elections lethargy of Bluffton political circles was fanned into unexpected activity the latter part of last week when party executive committeemen learned that provisions of an unrepealed emergency wartime measure require that candidates for municipal offices must file petitions by 6 p. m. Wed nesday of next week. With the deadline for filing only a week away, local politics presented a confused p’cture, as party chief tans scrambled to get a full slate of candidates on short notice. If no contests develop on either ticket it will be unnecessary to hold a primary election here in May, but the filing deadline must be observed if contests develop and a primary is to be held. With the advanced filing deadline generally unknown thruout the state until Ohio election officials called attention to the February 5 date, Two party caucuses Demo crat and Republican will be held in separate rooms at the high school building next Mon day night at 7:30 o’clock to name candidates for municipal offices. Candidates for the primary must file by 6 p. m. on Wednesday night of next week. Bluffton politicos were caught with no plans for condidates, and are in a position where they had only 10 days to draft party slates. New Mayor, Clerk Developments since work on party tickets were started thus far, brought announcements that Mayor W. A. Howe and Town Clerk W. O. Geiger, both unopposed on the 1945 ballots, will not be condidates this year. This leaves both parties with the responsibility of drafting candidates for the two principal municipal of fices. Other offices for which candidates must file include town treasurer, six seats on the municipal council and three on the board of public affairs. Not in Primary' Not included in the primary, are nominations for members of the board of education and Richland township offices which will be made at party caucuses during the sum mer. Bluffton’s last municipal primary was held in August, 1941, and no primary was necessary in 1943 when there were no contests on either ticket. Earlier filing this year is the re sult of wartime legislation advancing the primary election to May instead of August, thereby throwing the fil ing deadline in February instead of May. The legislation was set up to give servicemen overseas time in which to vote, and no change has been made so far in the emergency status. Bluffton Girl On Radio Broadcast Miss Barbara Jean Triplett, senior in the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, N., Y., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Triplett of Campus Drive, is beard every Wednesday night at 7:30 o’clock in a series of radio programs broadcast over the Rochester station WHAM, 1250 kilo cycles. The Bluffton girl appears as a marimba soloist in the program which goes on the air under the title of “House Party.” Hancock Chorus To Sing Here Sunday A program of sacred music will be presented in the First Mennonite church at 7:30 p. m. Sunday night by the Hancock County Chorus. Local appearance of the group, one of the finest in this area, is Sponsored by the Bluffton Minister ial association, and the churches of the town and community will join in the Sunday night service. Organized 12 years ago, the Han cock chorus presents an average of about one program a month, except during the summer season.- It is composed of singers from all parts of Findlay and Hancock county. The chorus is directed by Russell Barnhill, H. B. Dreisbach and Mrs. Percel Parker. Elizabeth Boehr Will Take Post In Austria Miss Elizabeth Boehr, former do mestic science instructor at Bluffton college, welfare Central will leave for two years’ service with the Mennonite Committee in Austria. Boehr this week will go to Pa., where headquarters of Miss Akron, Mennonite Central Committee maintained. After leaving Bluff shc was for several years on faculty at Heidelberg university the are ton the in Tiffin. BUTTER, CREAM ANDOLEO DOWN TO LOWER LEVEL Butter and Oleo Sag Under Lev els of Week Ago in Stores Here. Butterfat and Fluid Milk Are Returning Less Cash to Producers. dropped major break in prevailing high ices for food. In its decline from an early fall high of nearly one dollar a pound, I utter Wednesday morning was re tailing as low as 67 cents here, a drop of two cents since last week. Oleo was keeping pace with the downward trend of butter, priced at 36 cents a pound, after selling at 42 cents last Wednesday. Butterfat Down Meanwhile on the producers’ side of the market adjustments were be ing made to lower price levels. But terfat at 63 cents was off three cents from last week’s figure. Fluid milk which brought $4.35 per hundred pounds in dropped to $4.10 for the of January, according to Dairy Co. Price for the of January will be posted early next month. Capital investment required for farming in these days of high prices have soared to such heights it not only prevents many returned G. I.’s from starting agricultural operations but also has cut farmers entering time low. the number of new the field to an all At the lowest price, this means a 100-acre farm will involve the ex penditure of $20,000 for land alone, and in addition there must be suf ficient working capital to operate in the manner today’s modern farming practices demand. Sizeable Working Capital For a 100-acre farm at least $7,500 is needed in the form of working capital for stock and equip ment, according to practical farmers. This will cover the average annual investment feed, seed well as the rent farm year’s yield starts making a cash return. in machinery, livestock, and other supplies, as cash reserve to pay cur expenses before the Satisfactory farm incomes cannot be expected in these days without proper stocking and equipment. However, equipment may vary, ac cording to the type of farming done, It pays therefore to look into the problem from all angles be fore going into farming, includ ing recommendations to: 1—Be sure to get some farm experience before buying land. This may come from working on a farm, renting one or share cropping. Don’t buy a farm until you know exactly what kind of farm ing you expect to do. 3—Stay away from buying until a substantial down pay ment can be made and still leave capital sufficient to equip and operate. Avoid heavy indebted ness at for groin farming or hog farming will require less working capital than dairy farming, say farmers in the Bluffton district. the start. Burkholder A breakdown of the working capital investment shows the aver age farm of about 100 acres will need $140 for horses, $2,400 for FOUR MORE NEW HOUSES STARTED HERE THIS MONTH Renewal of Construction Activi ty Does Not Await val of Spring on forerun West Elm street. man December first half the Page last half Soaring Prices Of Farm Land Restrict Return Of Vets To Soil Arri- Prefab House Erected, tions Started for Other Homes Founda Two more new the year, With the start of four houses e the first of Bluffton’s .evidential building boom is not waiting for spring to bring a renewed flurry of tivity. construction ac- started during two new resi a prefabricated Foundations were the past week for dences, erection of house launched 10 days ago is near ing completion, and a fourth house will be moved to Bluffton this week a foundation recently completed the Forrest Hager near the corporation It will be erected by Clayton Bucher, who built a house last fall on Cherry street and sold it shortly before the holidays. In the Berryhill addition on West Elm street, Clair Bucher has com pleted the foundation for a house he will move to Bluffton this week from a location three miles west of town. He will remodel the building after it is on the foundation. The fourth house started in the Januai-y building flurry is a pre fabricated structure nearing comple tion on South Jackson street at the rear of the Paul Clark lot. It is being erected by Wade Shook, who will occupy it with his family. Shook is a son-in-law of Clark. machinery and equipment, $2,700 for productive livestock and $2,300 for feed, seed and supplies. This is a per acre investment of upwards of $68. In operating working capital ly the basis, much basis. land is the first High cost of deterrent to those who want to break into the farming game on their own, with most good farms in this area selling at $200 an acre and upward. a rented farm, the will be approximate a cash or crop-share about two-thirds as same on but only a livestock if renting is on Beginners high prices, urging those Recommendations For Because of prevailing farm authorities are who wish to become farmers to fol low one of several plans alternative to attempting to “buy into” the picture now. A father .nd son working agree ment can solve the problem for many. An operator-owner lease with an overworked fanner who wants to ease up on his load may provide another means of tions. setting up opera- is a 50-50 stock gives great free- Another “out” share lease which dom in a livestock problem, and the age-old plan of starting as a hired man remains a sound one, even tho not too appealing in these days of high factory wages. However, wages paid to hired men these days are at all-time high levels, and the ex perience gained while so working is invaluable. Pirate Reserves Win 11th Victory Winning their 11th game in 13 starts, Bluffton High reserves best ed Wapakoneta seconds, 27 to 16, at Wapakoneta, Tuesday evening. The Pirate understudies led at the quarters: 8-2, 14 to 9 and 14 to 13. Bracy and Wilch, with seven points each, topped the scoring pa rade for Bluffton. Moore got six, Mathewson three and Burcky and Herr two each. Also in the Bluffton lineup were Balmer, Bauman, Nis wander, Schmidt, Dunifon, Sommer and WEDDING LICENSE A wedding license has been issued to Clarence Kersker, Jr., of Findlay and Dorothy Bassitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs Carl Bassitt of Orange township. THE BLUFFTON NEWS A NEWSPAPER DEVOTED TO THE INTERESTS OF BLUFFTON AND VICINITY BLUFFTON, OHIO THURSDAY, JAN. 30, 1947 A trans-Atlantic airplane hop to Dakar, Africa, was completed by Miss Catherine Gratz, daughter of Mrs. Peter Gratz, of South Jackson street, who is returning to the mis sion field in French JjVest Africa where she previously spent five and one-half years as a missionary. According to a cablegram received Tuesday by her mother. Miss Gratz left New York City by plane at 4 p. m. Friday, Jan. 17, and arrived the following Monday. Traveling by boat and train it will take another week to reach her destination at Kankan, a sizable city in French Guinea. The there is operated by the Missionary Alliance. She a bookkeeper in the office. Three From Bluffton Are Hurt In Collision residents were less seriously inj last Saturday night when an s mobile driven by Stanley E. Bas er, local funeral home operator, demolished in a two-car eollision miles south of Beaverdam on Dixie highway. Catherine Gratz Completes Trans Atlahtic Airplane Hop To Africa mission Christian works as disrupted lities, the Because the war had normal transportation facil Bluffton woman had remained at her mission station 18 months longer than the regular four-year term of service, and did not return to this country until a year ago last fall. Streamlined Community Institute To Be Continued Here Next Year ■rryhill, 18, son of Mr. I. Berryhill, of West Tered a broken bone ir the the and Basinger escaped injury in crash, but Miss Carolyn Romey, Kenneth Moser, 20, also occupants of the Bluffton auto sustained facial injuries and bruises. Berryhill and Moser, who were hitchhiking to Lima, had been pick ed up by Basinger, enroute to that city. State highway patrolmen said the mishap apparently occurred when the Basinger automobile, a new mod el Dodge sedan, was sideswiped by a car driven by k 1 —u—■4 oo of Ft. Wayne. injured. un The Basinger car overturned twice andlanded on» its top. It is in the Augsburger garage at this place. The injured were brough to the Bluffton hospital in the Basinger ambulance of Bluffton and the Chiles ambulance of Lima. All except Berryhill were released after receiv ing first-aid treatment. After re maining in the hospital Saturday night, Berryhill was taken to his home, Sunday. Lt. Yoakam’s Body Has Not Arrived Body of Lt. Wayne Yoakam en route here from Germany had not arrived here Wednesday morning, members of the family stated. No further word had been received in the matter, they added, since a telegram arrived two weeks ago stat ing that the body was enroute from Bremerhaven to New York. Lt. Yoakam died in Germany De cember 8 of injuries resulting from a grade crossing accident when a jeep in which he was riding was struck by a train. Funeral arrange ments are incomplete pending arrival of the body. Findlay College Trounces Beavers Findlay college basketball team defeated Bluffton college 77 to 40 here Tuesday night. The visitors led all the way, holding a 31 to 15 advantage at half time. In the first half the Bluffton Beav ers were held scoreless from the field for 17 minutes and in the second half failed to register a field goal until after 14 minutes had elapsed. Center Ernie Raber, Bluffton ace, was limited score of the to 14 points, his lowest season. Couple Weds In Findlay Sunday Kenneth Charles Stauffer of Find lay, son of Emmet Stauffer of Bluff ton and Miss Nana Bechtel, daugh ter of Mrs. Laura Bechtel of Vanlue were married in Findlay at the home of the officiating minister Rev. W. P. Alspach of the United Brethren church Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. Following a wedding trip th rough southern Ohio they will reside tem porarily at the home of the bride groom’s aunt, Mrs. Florence Hamil ton in Findlay. Both are employees of the Ohio Oil company in Findlay. Bluffton College Is On WOSU Radio Program Bluffton college will be one of more than 20 Ohio colleges and uni versities featured program, “Campus Cavalcade,” to be inaugurated at 11:30 a. m. this Sat urday from WOSU in Columbus. in a new radio News items from the state’s var ious colleges will be dramatized in the half-hour program, which will be a regular feature each Saturday. Hospital Auxiliary Membership Canvass Biennial membership canvass of the Woman’s Auxiliary of Bluffton hospital will be held February 1 to 10, it was announced by officers of the auxiliary the first of the week. A house to house solicitation is plan ned, they said. Elimination of Morning Ses sions Proves Popular and Will be Continued •parate Meetings for Men and Women Next Year Decision to continue a “stream lined” program of activity, inaugura ted at this year’s sessions, was made during the business meeting closing a two-day Bluffton Community In stitute, held last Wednesday and Thursday in the high school audit orium. Morning meetings were eliminated at this year’s institute, a change popular with those who attended, and a further revision in procedure, planned for next year, is the dis continuance of separate sessions for men’s and women’s organizations on the afternoon of the second day. Next year’s institute program, as tentatively planned, will call for afternoon and evening sessions on the opening day and an afternoon session on the second day. Men’s and women's organizations will meet jointly in the three sessions. Also missing from this year’s in stitute activities were the drafting of resolutions, heretofore an import ant feature of each year’s gathering. The decision to eliminate resolutions was made at the 1946 carried out this winter time. institute for the and first this the good at Attendance was very year’s two-day program was unusually interesting and varied, including talks by state speakers, movies, music, plays, etc. New officers elected for the men’s institute organization include Ezra Moser, president Homer Gratz, vice president Wayne Zimmerman, secre tary and an executive committee consisting of the three officers plus Milo Lora, Joe Thompson, Wilford Steiner and Supt. of Schools Ralph Lanham. Women’s institute officers are Mrs. Harvey Gratz, president Mrs. Elmer Fett, vice-president Mrs. Ezra Moser, secretary and an executive committee made up of Mrs. Russell Huber, Mrs. Albert Augsburger, Mrs. Ray Marshall and the officers. Tax Collection Here Next Week can pay for 1946 Bluffton area residents first half real estate taxes to representatives of the Allen coun ty treasurer’s office at the Citizen’s National bank, next Tuesday and Wednesday. Tax payments will be received dur ing the regular banking hours on the two days. Wins Declamation Joan Landes, Route 5, Lima, won first place among seven contestants in the district Prince of Peace decla mation contest in Defiance, last Sun day. Miss Landes will represent this district in state competition Columbus this week. Orange Twp. To Keep Bluffton Fire Service Continuation of fire protection service from the Bluffton fire de partment at an annual fee of $250 was voted last week at a re-organi zation meeting of the Orange ship board of trustees. M. S. Stewart was elected president Ray Marshall is president and Kenneth Dearth third trustee, clerk. town- board vice is the James A. Gallant is COMMUNITY NEED WOULD BE FILLED BY COLLEGE GYM New $250,000 Structure Would Be Ideal for Basketball Tournaments As Auditorium. Building Would Have Accommo dations for 1,800 such funds Bluffton’s contribution to campus project. seating capacity of 1,500 i events, the new gymnas With a ium will be ideally suited for basket ball tournaments and other indoor sports events. Its two gymnasium floors also will lend itself to the community recreation program. Used as an auditorium, with seating accommodations for 1,800, the building will be centrally located in this area for music contests, com munity gatherings, denominational conferences and the like, in addition to providing sufficient pacity for events such nual Messiah concert. seating ca as the an facilities by Expansion of college addition of the new gymnasium is the first step in a program to make Bluffton a larger school, attracting a greater number of outside students, a development that would be to the benefit of Bluffton business interests generally, it was pointed out. Trap Shoot Sunday At Bluffton Gun Club Merchandise prizes are offered in trap-shoot at 1 p. m. next Sunday at the Bluffton Gun north of Bluffton on way. a sessions, and The following hospital: Mr. and Findlay, a day. Mrs. in BLUFFTON MARKETS Wednesday Morning $2. Grain (bushel prices)—Wheat 10 com $1.20 oats 78c soys $3. Poultry—Heavy hens 25c heav springers 27c leghorn hens 14c stags 14c. y Eggs—Large whites 35c large browns 38c mediums and pullets 30c. Butterfat—63c. club, two miles the Dixie high- Arrangements for being made by Lloyd Hardwick, president, and C. V. Stonehill, sec retary-treasurer, of the gun club. Ebenezer Chorus To Sing “The Holy City” The Ebenezer Mixed chorus will present Gaul’s “Holy City” at the church on Sunday night at 7:30 o’clock. Mrs. Milo Lora will direct the chorus and Miss Mabel Amstutz is accompanist. ,Soloists are: Soprano, Mrs. Harold Diller contralto, Mrs. Francis Nis wander tenor, Waldo Hofstetter bass, Francis Niswander. Births births at Bluffton Mrs. boy, Kenneth Krautter, David Alan, Tues- Krautter is the former Lillian Huber of Bluffton. Mr. and ton, a boy, day. Mrs. Watkins. Mrs. Kent Welty, Bluff Bruce Leon, last Wednes Welty is the former Alice fayette, a Mr. and a boy, Franklin Weinhold. Elzay is the former Betty Weinhold. Mr. and Mrs. bus Grove, a Thursday. Mrs, Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow Evans, Lafayette, twin girls, Marilyn Lou and Carolyn Sue, Sunday. Wm. Kohli, Colum girl, Barbara Lee, James Womack, To- Mr. and Mrs. ledo, a boy at that place. Mrs. Wo mack is the former Maxine Businger of Orange township. Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Miser, Up land, Calif., a boy, David J., at that place, Jan. 8. They are former resi dents here. secretary of Bluffton college and Mrs. Moser is the former June Bach man, a student Mr. Moser was field BLUFFTON A Good Place To Trade NUMBER 41 UNBEATEN PIRATES WIN H. S. LEAGUE BASKETBALL TITLE Bluffton Downs Wapakoneta Tuesday Night to Clinch First Place Spectacular Record of 13 Un broken Victories Piled Up by Team Bluffton High’s undefeated eagers clinched the championship of the Western Buckeye league Tuesday night in topping Wapakoneta at place, 48 to 33, for the Pirates’ consecutive win of the season. that 13th and By turning back Bellefontane Wapakoneta during the last week, the Cotterman-coached outfit dis posed of the only teams that had a chance to tie Bluffton for the league y one remain lay, a contest ert team that start so far. ht wins in the sweep of honors keye this school hru an undefeat st fall to win the Western in their Bluffton three league trailing Wapak oneta at the close of the first period, Tuesday night, then came back with a scoring rush to sew up the deci sion in the next twd periods. Wapakoneta had an 8 to 4 lead at one time in the first stanza, but the Pirates had shaved the advantage to one point at the end of the period when the score stood 8 to 7. After the Indians had gone out in front 13 to 9 at the opening of the second quarter, the Bluffton crew finally started rolling and leading at half* i time, 25 to 15. In the third quarter, the Pirates stretched their lead to go out in front, 34 to 22, as they went into the closing period, and altho Coach Cot terman used substitutions freely in the last eight minutes Bluffton con tinued to pull ahead. Neil Schmidt, as usual, was top scorer of the evening with 18 points, Althaus and Kirtland each got nine points and Sommer contributed sev en. Wehner was high for the Indians with 17 points. In winning the league title, Bluff ton in five games has scored 291 points, while loop foes were 209. The scoring summary: Bluffton Schmidt Stonehill Pogue Howe Bracy Althaus Wilch Kirtland Reagan the shoot are Totals Wapakoneta getting Mayor’s Notice Monthly collection of ashes rubish will start Thursday and will start Thursday noon. Have everything in containers and placed accessible for loading on the town truck. W. A .Howe, Mayor RED CROSS KNITTING The Bluffton Red Cross has a sup ply of yam for knitting refugee gar ments monstly for children and also for knitting sweaters for erans hospitals, see Mrs. street. Ohio products Mrs. Donald Jolliff, La girl, Monday. Mrs. Howard Elzay, Ada, Mr. and use in vet interested S. Jackson Those Paul Studler, of dairy manufacturers made bigger profits in the war years than during prewar years. A government survey of the earn ings of eight Ohio companies show they made an average profit of 7.6 per cent in 1941 and of 10.1 per cent in 1943. Net worth of those com panies nearly doubled in wartime. The profits given were figured after payment of taxes. Shortages of some insecticides will continue through 1947. Materials containing either copper or lead probably will be inadequate to meet all demands, with the exception o£ copper sulphate. Nicotine supplies will have to be parcelled out wisely to meet demands of farmers for that insect killer. Rotenone will be short, but there will be adequate supplies of pyrethrum. All the weed killers except ammonium sulfamate probab ly will be short.